Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
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Open Wednesday through Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., except Dec. 25
LOCATION
10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
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For shorter wait times, enter via the National Mall on Madison Drive.
 
ADMISSION
Admission is FREE.
Guidelines for Visiting
We ask that all visitors, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, follow these safety measures to protect everyone’s health. We're asking all visitors who are sick or feeling unwell to please stay home. If you are at increased risk of severe illness, you may also want to consider staying home. Visitors who do not adhere to safety policies and guidelines may be asked to leave.

HYGIENE
Please wash and sanitize hands frequently during your visit and practice good hygiene. Hand-sanitizing stations will be available throughout our facilities.

FACE COVERINGS
All visitors ages 2 and older are required to wear a mask while visiting the museum, regardless of vaccination status.

SOCIAL DISTANCING
We encourage visitors to maintain a safe social distance of six feet or more between households or groups.
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Must-do Experiences

Examining collection objects, Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, Ground Floor. Photo by Jennifer Renteria, Smithsonian.

Hope Diamond, The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals, Second Floor. Photo by Paul Fetters.
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1000 Madison Drive NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
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10 AM to 5:30 PM, except Dec. 25
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